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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (371 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sundee T. Frazier Narrator: Mirron Willis Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2008 ISBN: 9780739379110
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Ten-year-old Tae Kwon Do blue belt and budding rock hound Brendan Buckley keeps a "Confidential" notebook for his top-secret scientific discoveries. And he's found something totally top secret. The grandpa he's never met, who his mom refuses to talk about or see, is an expert mineral collector and lives nearby! Secretly, Brendan visits Ed DeBose, whose skin is pink, not brown like Brendan's, his dad's, or that of Grampa Clem's, who recently died. Brendan sets out to find the reason behind Ed's absence, but what he discovers can't be explained by science, and now he wishes he'd never found him at all. . . .

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 2/3/2014

    " My boyfriend's son is participating in the Reading Olympics, and after his disaster of a science project, the only way to really help him out, I figured, is to read the books. So, I began the book with trepidation, uch, a kid's book, but you know what, it was great! And really timely, in light of yesterday's inauguration. A great way to discuss race, and how to ask difficult questions with kids. The metaphors are definitely the "hit you over the head" kind, but it's a great stepping stone to the world of post-adolescent literature. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marfita | 1/31/2014

    " Brendan has questions he needs answered and he'll do just about anything to get those answers. Brendan has a grandfather he knew nothing about until an accidental meeting over some rocks and minerals. This is a good book if you like rocks or tae kwon do (both resonate with me). This is also a good book for beginning a discussion of race relations and biracial families. Had me boo-hooing though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie Slater | 1/29/2014

    " Great main character,fun mix of science and weighty family issues. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sheharbano | 1/26/2014

    " I did not like this book. It was a really boring book to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 1/25/2014

    " A really sweet book with about a million positive messages -- be yourself, be an honest person with integrity, forgive, and be open-minded to all of life's experiences and people. A really nicely done story with a great extended metaphor -- both rocks and minerals are beautiful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah Evans | 1/22/2014

    " A book that manages to be both a funny read for middle grade boys as well as deal with serious issues. Brendan is a wonderfully drawn character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 1/16/2014

    " Great novel about biracial identity and what makes a family. The dialogue and fully developed characters help make this book rise to the top, along with Brendan's very scientific, analytical mind. (I could almost always buy into the notion that Brendan would take the time to talk about all the different kinds of rocks he's learning about, and his other ponderings!) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicki | 1/13/2014

    " Brendan Buckley just lost his favorite Grandpa Clem, but who and where is he other Grandpa. And why does your skin color make a difference about who you are? Brendan explores these questions and more in the fun, but serious book about being bi-racial and peoples fears and pride about being accepting of others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherrie | 1/6/2014

    " 9th of 15 SSYRA books read for 3rd to 5th grade next school year...this book is among the more substantial ones in the 3rd to 5th grade selection, I highly recommend it. It is the story of a mixed race boy and his quest to get to know his white grandfather and discover the reason that his parents have no contact with him. While still appropriate for younger readers, it will still be enjoyed by older or more able readers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacie | 1/1/2014

    " Perhaps one of my favorite recent reads. This book's protagonist had a strong voice with just the right mix of emotional depth and childhood innocence. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathyred | 12/22/2013

    " audiobook, very well read. 10-yr-old scientist/rock hound/Tae-kwon-do student explores why he has never met his white rock hound grandfather, why white folk are sometimes mean to black folk, why bananas taste so much better than peas, and other big questions. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amhveggie | 12/14/2013

    " Had to read for school. IT WAS AN OK BOOK. NOT VERY GOOD. THE BRENDAN KID WAS A dork! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 123 | 12/9/2013

    " It was really deep. I thought that it showed some things that still happen today. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 12/3/2013

    " SSYRA Elementary book. It started out great...then became very racially charged. It's ends OK. I would have loved to have seen it focus more on Brendan's scientific stuff and rocks...I can see where it would be a good book for multi-racial students. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erik | 10/17/2013

    " Another very enjoyable book. With an underlying theme of multi-racial prejudice and a collection of fairly obvious symbolism, it was a good mix of elements to the story, weaving a pretty good read. Definitely a book I would recommend to any budding scientists, as well as budding readers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Damera Blincoe | 8/31/2013

    " I thought this was a very good book on the effect of racism on a family. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tauna Garvin | 4/9/2013

    " Enjoyable to read. Learned new things about rocks. I was nervous about how it would play out because it is a book about the conflict of racism towards blacks but it played out very nicely. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 10/8/2012

    " I wish this book was around when I was a kid...not only great science applications but also about self concept. What a great character education book and a book about family and integrity. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 2/7/2012

    " This book teaces a good lesson abut honesty and integity and never giving up on what you started! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaitlin | 4/29/2011

    " I learned that no one should dislike you because of your color/race, at the end of the story Brendan's grandpa learned his lesson! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine | 12/1/2010

    " A nice story about what it means to be part of a family. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 4/23/2010

    " I've read all the BOTB books!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mia | 3/18/2010

    " i loved it so cool. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 123 | 2/14/2010

    " It was really deep. I thought that it showed some things that still happen today. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathyred | 2/1/2010

    " audiobook, very well read. 10-yr-old scientist/rock hound/Tae-kwon-do student explores why he has never met his white rock hound grandfather, why white folk are sometimes mean to black folk, why bananas taste so much better than peas, and other big questions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 1/30/2010

    " A book that manages to be both a funny read for middle grade boys as well as deal with serious issues. Brendan is a wonderfully drawn character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 1/8/2010

    " A really sweet book with about a million positive messages -- be yourself, be an honest person with integrity, forgive, and be open-minded to all of life's experiences and people. A really nicely done story with a great extended metaphor -- both rocks and minerals are beautiful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 10/25/2009

    " This book teaces a good lesson abut honesty and integity and never giving up on what you started! "

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About the Narrator

Mirron Willis—actor of film, stage, and television—is the winner of the prestigious Audie Award for best narration in 2012 and a finalist for the Audie in 2015, as well as the winner of four AudioFile Earphones Awards for his audiobook recordings. He has worked extensively in film and television and on stage with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Houston Shakespeare Festival, and the Ensemble Theatre, among others. He has recorded some 150 audiobooks, including the Smokey Dalton series by Kris Nelscott and My Song by Harry Belafonte. He resides and records audiobooks on his family’s historic ranch in East Texas.